On Saturday against the Bears the Kansas City Chiefs got a whole half of a game to look at the play of two of their biggest question marks. For the offense, it is rookie guard Parker Ehinger who looked the part of a rookie against the Rams the previous week. The other is Dee Ford who is expected to step in for Justin Houston until he can return. Ford was also drafted to be the eventual replacement of Tamba Hali. So far, it is easy to say that he has been a disappointment.
Looking at the first half over again we can better assess how these two players did on the field. The Chiefs dominated in time of possession so Ehinger got more plays on the field than Ford. However, it was still a good measuring stick for what we can expect from both of these guys as they start the season for Kansas City.
Starting with the defense, Ford has been a divisive first-round pick for two years in Kansas City. He has a great first step and a lot of speed coming off the edge. The problem that fans have with Ford is that they believe he should be dominant at this point in his career. It hasn’t been for lack of opportunity either. In 2015 Ford consistently spelled Hali and Houston in every game and even started for Houston the last quarter of the season. He had one stand out game against a bad left tackle.
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